French tennis player Adrian Mannarino made himself bleed via self-harm during a match on Wednesday after smashing a racket into his forehead.
The incident occurred at the United Cup in Sydney in the second set of Mannarino’s clash against Italy’s Lorenzo Sonego.
Mannarino won the first set but with Sonego 30-0 up and threatening to break serve in the second, the 35-year-old stunned the crowd with a self-induced injury.
A trainer was subsequently called onto the court, triggering a controversial medical timeout for France in the teams event.
Former Australian tennis star Wally Masur slammed Mannarino as he watched the match on commentary duties for Nine.
‘If [an injury] is self-inflicted, can you have a timeout? You can’t injure yourself, can you?’ Masur said.
‘Let’s say you’re in a tricky situation, you go, ‘Right, I’m going to bash myself with a racket and get a breather’.
‘Why has this taken so long? Get one of those little band aids, the round ones. This does not constitute a medical timeout, in my opinion.
‘This is not a good look for the sport… This is not necessary. The way the trainers are carrying on, you would think he requires stitches. Blood is not streaming from his head. It is like a pinprick. I have seen it all now.’
After the medical timeout, Mannarino was able to bounce back and went on to win in straight sets.